NATIONAL Volunteer Week is an opportunity to thank our unsung heroes and Coffs Harbour City Council is thanking the small army of volunteers who help keep the city running.
"I'm humbled every time I come across the many, many selfless heroes behind the smooth running of the sports, community, tourism and cultural facilities that we often take for granted," Mayor Denise Knight said.
"I never cease to be amazed when I find out just how many hours of their lives people are happy to give up.
"In some cases, when you add it up, it's literally years.
"So I'm delighted to have this opportunity to say thank you personally to the people who do so much for the whole Coffs Harbour community."
Council has more than 460 volunteers on its books and they help keep some of the city's most important facilities operating.
The Coffs C.ex International Stadium, Botanic Garden, Jetty Memorial Theatre, Community Village, Regional Gallery, Regional Museum, and our libraries and many sports fields all benefit from volunteers.
The Coffs Ambassadors team use their own time
and knowledge to showcase the area's breathtaking hidden gems and the volunteers of the Visitor Information Centre do fantastic work to make visitors feel welcome and valued.
A large number of locals also sit on a wide range of advisory committees where they give their time and expertise for the benefit of the community - and not forgetting the dedicated few who mow public reserves in their own time.
"Volunteers are among the most community minded people I know," council group leader community and cultural services Siân Nivison said.
"Because they're working in a location or at an activity that they support and value, they bring energy and enthusiasm to everything they do.
"Council is enormously lucky to be able to rely on such committed volunteers."